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July 15, 2019

Laboratory researchers at the l’Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ)’s College Centre for the Transfer of Technologies (CCTT), Experisens conduct various tests. Photo: Pierre Beauchemin, ITHQ.

Growth for Canada’s Tourism Sector

For many in Canada and around the world, the summer months are a time to take advantage of longer, warmer days and an opportunity to visit new places and experience new cultures. Did you know that Canada’s tourism sector generates $102 billion in annual economic activity, involves 1.8 million jobs, and accounts for over 2% of GDP?

Given its importance, Budget 2019 proposed several measures to support tourism and Canadian businesses and organizations seeking to create, improve, or expand tourism-related infrastructure, products, or experiences. Commitments include the addition of a seventh Economic Strategy Table dedicated to tourism. And, in May 2019, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie Mélanie Joly unveiled the federal government’s new tourism strategy, Creating Middle Class Jobs: A Federal Tourism Growth Strategy, which includes ambitious growth targets of 54,000 new tourism and travel sectors jobs, and an increase in tourism revenue of 25% by 2025.

Canada’s colleges and institutes will be important players in reaching those targets, particularly given their commitment to sustainability and their unique connection to community development. Here’s a snapshot of some of the hospitality and tourism-related training and research already taking place at campuses across the country:

  • The Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) is Canada’s centre of excellence for education in the tourism sector, having trained more than 13,500 graduates in advanced hospitality skills with an in-house 4-star hotel operated by students and two teaching restaurants in downtown Montreal, the Restaurant de l’ITHQ and the Resto-école La Relève gourmande. The institute even conducts applied research in hospitality in order to respond to the needs of a sector in constant evolution.
    • ExperiSens is a new College Centre for the Transfer of Technologies (CCTT) at the ITHQ specializing in research into multisensory client experience and working with small and medium enterprises to develop new products, services, concepts, and innovative strategies that engage and optimize consumer behaviour and experience.
  • Red River College also offers a Hospitality and Tourism Management program which provides training in fundamental business and customer service areas before specializing in Tourism Entrepreneurship, in which students are challenged to develop a visitor attraction using skills honed in previous study terms. RRC also operates a Jane’s, a teaching restaurant located in a former bank in downtown Winnipeg.
  • Thompson Rivers University’s post-baccalaureate diploma in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Tourism teaches students with a foundational knowledge of tourism to put their research skills to use in creating, designing, operating, and evaluating events and festivals.
  • For adventurers, College of the Rockies offers two programs in Adventure Tourism Business Operations and Mountain Adventure Skills Training, taking advantage of the beautiful Rocky Mountains to offer students hands-on training in adventure skills – such as rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, backcountry skiing, and avalanche safety – marketing, sustainability, business, and entrepreneurship.
  • The Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles’ Adventure Tourism Technology program teaches students to plan trips in a natural environment, teach skills and techniques, interpret surroundings, and intervene in emergency situations.
  • Students in Native Education College’s Aboriginal Tourism Operations program gain practical skills and knowledge in ecotourism, heritage interpretation, and cross-cultural tourism with an emphasis on learning how to incorporate Indigenous culture and heritage into the tourism industry.
  • Holland College’s Culinary Institute of Canada offers a two-year diploma in International Hospitality Management. In partnership with local-area hotels, students learn about the details of managing a restaurant, resort, hotel, or nightclub with a particular emphasis on cultural diversity and global standards. The Dining Room teaching restaurant offers delicious meals with a scenic view of the ocean.
  • Seneca College’s Global Hospitality Services Leadership graduate certificate offers students insights into the leadership skills needed to pursue managerial positions within the global hospitality industry.

These are just a few examples of what colleges and institutes can offer students looking to turn summer vacations into a rewarding career to the benefit of an expanded tourism sector for Canada.

CICan’s Summer 2019 Leadership Institutes wrap-up

Over the past three weeks, college and institute leaders gathered on both sides of the country – in Halifax, NS, and in Victoria, BC – for week-long professional development opportunities designed to equip the leaders of today and tomorrow with the necessary skills to lead successfully in the postsecondary context.

A total of 160 leaders took part in five leadership institutes: for Program Chairs; for Managers, Dean and Directors; for Presidents and Directors General, for Leaders in Applied Research and Innovation; and for Leaders in International.

If you are interested in developing your leadership skills, gaining a better understanding of the trends impacting your institutions, and networking with your counterparts from across the country, don’t miss these upcoming fall institutes:

Supporting innovation in Kenya’s TVET sector

CICan is thrilled to continue supporting innovation in Kenya’s Technical and Vocation Education and Training (TVET) sector with a brand-new joint initiative funding research at Kenyan TVET institutions with the goal of improving skills and employability prospects for Kenya youth!

The Supporting Innovation in the Technical and Vocational Education Sector: Towards Productivity and Competitiveness (SITVES) project will be based on three pillars: establishing applied research hubs in collaboration with industry and local government, promoting gender equality in TVET by reviewing policies and designing appropriate resources, and encouraging competitive action research that is problem-based and contributes to local community development. It will leverage the expertise of Canadian colleges and institutes who regularly work with local businesses to develop applied research projects that drive innovation.

The project was made possible thanks to a $1 million research grant on Promoting Employment, Entrepreneurship and Industry Competitiveness in Kenya, from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). For more information, view the press release.

Register now for CICan’s Indigenous Education Symposium!

Join us and leaders from Canada’s colleges and institutes, stakeholders, and government representatives for CICan’s Indigenous Education Symposium. This year’s symposium will be held in Saskatoon, SK from November 4-6, 2019 and will be co-hosted by Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies! It will be an opportunity to exchange innovative practices and share knowledge about Indigenous Education.

With 2019 serving as the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages, initiatives will be taking place around the world to encourage urgent action to preserve, revitalize and promote Indigenous languages. With this in mind, this year’s Indigenous Education Symposium program will focus on the importance of international collaboration and dialogue around this issue as well as many other topics related to Indigenous education.

This year for the first time, a South American delegation of 50 people hosted by CICan’s Pacific Alliance Education for Employment (PA-EFE) Program will participate in the symposium with financial support from Global Affairs Canada.

Learn more and register now!

Shine a spotlight on applied research with RE$EARCH MONEY

Showcase the incredible applied research happening at your institution in the second annual Spotlight on Applied Research booklet, bringing the important and innovative work of colleges and institutes to the attention of policy makers and other major players in Canada’s innovation ecosystem!

We are currently looking for submissions!

Spotlight on Applied Research is an annual publication presented by RE$EARCH MONEY (R$) and CICan. The inaugural booklet, Applied Research Comes of Age was released in November 2018. For rates, ad specifications, and to submit please contact Adity Das Gupta at All material must be submitted by October 8, 2019.

We are also looking for submissions for Applied PeR$pectives, a monthly blog series presented by R$ in partnership with CICan to showcase colleges and institutes as thought leaders in the innovation space and increase the awareness of the important role they play. Contact Adity Das Gupta for more information and submission guidelines.

Share your thoughts on the Canada Training Benefit

Introduced in Budget 2019, the Canada Training Benefit is a new tool to help all Canadians get the skills they need to find and keep good jobs by providing funding, income support, and job protection to make it easier for workers to take advantage of training opportunities.

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is now launching an online survey to engage employers, labour organizations, worker, and learning institutions to help identify information gaps and challenges, and to better design and delivery the new benefit.

Help shape the Canada Training Benefit by completing the online survey. Provide your input before July 31.

CICan welcomes new board members

Following our Annual General Meeting on June 12, we are pleased to welcome four new members to our Board of Directors.

Nathalie Vallée, Director General of Collège Ahuntsic in Quebec, Peter Devlin, President of the Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario, and Mary Butler, President and CEO at the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) were elected by members in their respective regions as Elected Internal Directors. Nada Semaan, Director and CEO of Financial Transactions Reports Analysis Center of Canada (FINTRAC), was elected as one of four Elected Public Directors representing diverse sectors.

At the board meeting following the AGM, the directors appointed Michel Tarko, President and CEO of the Justice Institute of British Columbia as Chair for a second year, and François Dornier, Director General of the Cégep de Rimouski, as their new Vice-Chair.

Be a part of the Future Skills Centre inaugural Advisory Board

In the Fall of 2019, Canada’s Future Skills Centre (FSC) will be constituting its inaugural Advisory Board and is currently inviting applications from a diverse range of outstanding Canadian business, academic, and community leaders for multiple Advisory Board appointments.

The Board’s mandate is to provide strategic guidance and foresight to the FSC, ensuring a relevant research agenda and reviewing progress against key metrics. The Advisory Board’s immediate priorities are establishing its governance framework and providing input to and approval of FSC’s mission, vision, values and strategic plan.

This is an exciting opportunity for a diverse group of outstanding leaders to join the launch of the FSC as it unfolds its bright ambition to transform the skills development mandate of business and government, across the country and globally, for many years to come.

Visit FSC’s website for more information and to apply.

Canadian partners selected for Pacific Alliance EFE Call for Proposals

CICan’s Pacific Alliance Education for Employment (PA-EFE) Program team is pleased to announce the results of the selection process for the third round of Call for Proposals to offer technical assistance for the educational success of learners and employability support services in Chile and Peru.

A total of seven proposals featuring 12 CICan member institutions were received for two Terms of References. Partners in Chile and Peru were very impressed with the quality of proposals submitted.

  • In Chile, Collège Boréal will lead the project with partners Cégep Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu and Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB);
  • In Peru, the Cégep Édouard-Montpetit will lead the project with the Collège Montmorency.

The selected institutions will collaborate with the Ministries of Education and local partners to provide greater socio-economic opportunities for women and men in a sustainable and inclusive Extractive Sector in the Pacific Alliance countries.

NSERC supports college and institute innovation ecosystem

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, was at Georgian College last month to announce an investment of more than $73 million dollars in research collaborations between colleges, institutes, and entrepreneurs through NSERC’s College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program and its College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF).

This investment will help 90 recipients at colleges, institutes, cégeps, and polytechnics across the country partner directly with local employers to facilitate commercialization and transform the results of research and development into new technologies to help businesses expand and grow. It also provides specialized equipment to help companies develop local solutions to pressing issues in their regions.

The announcement also includes 17 brand new Technology Access Centres, bringing the total up to 47!

View the complete list of recipients.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Mohawk College’s Campus Carbon Management Initiative (CCMI) provides free online resources and tools to help colleges and institutes in Ontario reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campus? The digital toolkit includes a step-by-step framework for emissions reductions, tools to set goals and measure results, and sustainability best practices! The CCMI is one of four innovative programs created and supported by the Centre for Climate Change Management (CCCM) at Mohawk College.


The coalition of Parkland College and Cumberland College announced the appointment of Mark Hoddenbagh as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2019. The two colleges are embarking on a pilot coalition for up to two years, continuing to operate separately, but now sharing one region, a single CEO, and a governance structure.

The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick was pleased to announce the appointment of Pierre Zundel as the college’s new president. Zundel has 23 years of experience in the post-secondary sector in New Brunswick and will assume his new role effective September 3.

Red Deer College was also pleased to welcome Dr. Peter Nunoda at the college’s 11th president, succeeding Joel Ward. Dr. Nunoda has more than 30 years of experience in post-secondary and has served as President of Vancouver Community College since 2014.

Kayoko Takeuchi was appointed Vice President Administrative Services and CFO at Douglas College. With 14 years of experience at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), Takeuchi will assume her new role effective September 9. Confederation College was pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Cooke as the college’s new Vice President, Academic. With 22 years of experience at Red River College, Cooke will begin his new role effective August 26.

Camosun College announced the appointment of Heather Cummings as its new Vice President of Student Experience. Cummings has served as Executive Director of Student Success at Fanshawe College since 2010. Georgian College was also pleased to appoint David Bell as the college’s new Associate Vice President, Advancement and Alumni Relations. With 17 years of experience in higher education, Bell will start his new role effective June 3.


CICan’s Indigenous Education Symposium

Register now for CICan’s upcoming Indigenous Education Symposium from November 4-6.

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